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New Additions: Picture books, middle grade novels, and graphic novels

We've added some new children's materials to our collection! Take a look at some of our beautiful new picture books:


The picture books Shilo discusses are:

The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke

My Papi Has A Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero

The Sad Little Fact by Jonah Winter

A Fox Found a Box by Ged Adamson

Run Wild by David Covell

Little Tigers by Jo Weaver

Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell

A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee



We've also added some new middle grade books and graphic novels. Take a look!



Middle Grade Graphic Novels:


The Bad Buys in Dawn of the Underlord by Aaron Blabey The Bad Guys - sorry, Shadow Squad-G - have finally saved the world from butt-handed evil. And now it's time to celebrate! But when one member of the team makes a shocking discovery, the party might be over sooner than everyone thinks...




Jacky Ha-Ha by Chris Grabenstein With her irresistible urge to tell a joke in every situation--even when it's a bad idea--Jacky Ha-Ha loves to make people laugh. And cracking wise helps distract her from thinking about not-so-funny things in her life, like her mom serving in a dangerous, faraway war, and a dad who's hardly ever home.


But no matter how much fun Jacky has, she can't entirely escape her worries. So one starlit night, she makes a promise to keep her family together...even if she has to give up the one thing that makes her happy. But can she stop being Jacky Ha-Ha if that's who she really is?




I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis

Chet Roscow is finally feeling at home in his uncle's little New Jersey town. He has three new friends, and they love cooling off in the creek on hot summer days. But then comes shocking news: A massive shark has been attacking swimmers in the ocean along the Jersey Shore, not far from where Chet is staying. Fear is in the air.


So when Chet spots a gray fin in the creek, he's sure it's his imagination running wild. It's impossible he's about to come face-to-face with a killer shark... right?


Based on the real life events of the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, this graphic novel brings Lauren Tarshis's New York Times bestselling I Survived series to vivid life. Includes a nonfiction section at the back with historical photos and facts about the real-life shark attacks.

Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen's Witch by Ann M. Martin


Karen Brewer lives next door to Mrs. Porter, who wears long robes and has wild gray hair. Mrs. Porter has a black cat named Midnight and always seems to be working in her garden. Karen isn't supposed to spy on her neighbor, but she's determined to prove that Mrs. Porter is a witch named Morbidda Destiny!


Mrs. Porter is getting ready to have a special meeting at her house, and Karen is sure the meeting is for witches. Are they going to cast a spell on Karen? Or will she be brave enough to send them away -- once and for all?



Astronauts: Woman on the Final Frontier by Jim Ottaviani


The U.S. may have put the first man on the moon, but it was the Soviet space program that made Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space. It took years to catch up, but soon NASA’s first female astronauts were racing past milestones of their own. The trail-blazing women of Group 9, NASA’s first mixed gender class, had the challenging task of convincing the powers that be that a woman’s place is in space, but they discovered that NASA had plenty to learn about how to make space travel possible for everyone.



Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley


Jen is used to not getting what she wants. So suddenly moving the country and getting new stepsisters shouldn't be too much of a surprise. Jen did not want to leave the city. She did not want to move to a farm with her mom and her mom's new boyfriend, Walter. She did not want to leave her friends and her dad. Most of all, Jen did not want to get new "sisters," Andy and Reese.


As if learning new chores on Peapod Farm wasn't hard enough, having to deal with perfect-at-everything Andy might be the last straw for Jen. Besides cleaning the chicken coop, trying to keep up with the customers at the local farmers' market, and missing her old life, Jen has to deal with her own insecurities about this new family . . . and where she fits in.



Becoming Brianna by Terri Libenson


Middle school is full of challenges. Everyone knows how much brainy Bri likes the spotlight (not). So why did she ever agree to something that forces her to learn a new language, give a speech, help organize a party, and juggle drama at school and home?! As the big event inches closer, Bri wonders if it’s all worth it. Told in alternating past and present chapters, Bri’s heartwarming story unfolds over the eight months leading up to her bat mitzvah—as well as over the course of the big day itself.



Nat Enough by Maria Scrivan


Making friends isn't easy, but losing them is even harder!


Natalie has never felt that she's enough -- athletic enough, stylish enough, or talented enough. And on the first day of middle school, Natalie discovers that things are worse than she thought -- now she's not even cool enough for her best friend, Lily! As Natalie tries to get her best friend back, she learns more about her true self and natural talents. If Natalie can focus on who she is rather than who she isn't, then she might realize she's more than enough, just the way she is.

Middle Grade Novels:

The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke In all the years that Elinora Gassbeek has been matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage, not once have the Rules for Baby Abandonment been broken--until the autumn of 1880, when five babies are left in outrageous circumstances: one in a tin toolbox, one in a coal bucket, one in a picnic hamper, one in a wheat sack, and finally, one in a coffin-shaped basket . And although their cruel matron might think they're 'unadoptable,' they know their individuality is what makes them special--and so determined to stay together.



City Spies by James Ponti

Sara Martinez is a hacker. She recently broke into the New York City juvenile justice system to expose her foster parents as cheats and lawbreakers. However, instead of being hailed as a hero, she finds herself facing years in a juvenile detention facility and banned from using computers. Enter Mother, a British spy who not only gets Sara released from jail but also offers her a chance to make a home for herself within a secret team of young MI6 agents. Operating out of a centuries-old manor house on the coast of Scotland, the City Spies are five kids from around the world. When they're not attending an elite boarding school, they're training for their roles as the biggest secret in British Secret Intelligence Service. Before she knows what she's doing, Sara is heading to Paris fro an international youth summit, hacking into a rival school's computer to prevent them from winning a million euros, dangling thirty feet off the side of a building, and trying to stop a notorious villain... all while navigating the complex dynamics of her new team. No one said saving the world was easy.




Dress Code by Carrie Firestone

Molly Frost is FED UP...


Because Olivia was yelled at for wearing a tank top when she had to keep her sweatshirt wrapped around her waist. Because Liza got dress coded and Molly didn't, even though they were wearing the exact same outfit. Because when Jessica was pulled over by the principal and missed a math quiz, her teacher gave her an F. Because it's impossible to find shorts that are longer than her fingertips. Because girls' bodies are not a distraction. Because middle school is hard enough.


And so Molly starts a podcast where girls can tell their stories, and soon her small rebellion swells into a revolution. Because now the girls are standing up for what's right, and they're not backing down.



Minecraft: The Voyage 

by Jason Fry

Stax Stonecutter has lived a peaceful--if unremarkable--life in his small town in the Overworld. He prefers leisure to work, choosing to tend to his gardens and play with his cats all day rather than expand his family's mining business. But when a mysterious stranger arrives, he takes everything from Stax, stranding him in the middle of nowhere and with nothing to his name. Now, Stax must learn not only how to survive, but how to live.






Minecraft: Escape Book: The Cursed Temple

Runt, the hero of the best-selling series Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior, needs your help in this epic Minecraft adventure! During a village exploration with friends, you suddenly come across a ruthless warrior. Your sword is already in position to tussle when you realize that the opponent doesn’t want to test your force, but your logic! Trapped in an unknown place, you will have to free yourself without fighting. Logic and observation will be your new allies! Presents puzzles, riddles, and choices that determine whether or not the reader and Runt, escape a ruthless warrior and a menacing, unknown location.




Interested in borrowing any of these books? Berwick Public Library is now open by appointment! Sign up to visit the library here. Materials can also be requested for pick up through our curbside service. Click here to learn more about curbside and how to request materials.

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